By Daniel Strauss - 12/14/12 11:09 PM EST
The incoming chairwoman of the House Republican Conference urged caution in passing new gun laws.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), speaking in an interview with C-SPAN set to air Sunday, was asked whether it was time to review current gun laws in light of a shooting rampage in Connecticut.
McMorris Rodgers's comments came in the aftermath of a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. on Friday. The shooting resulted in at least 20 children dead as well as an estimated seven adults including the shooter, according to Connecticut state police.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), one of the first lawmakers to respond, released a statement on the shooting in which he called for tightening existing gun laws.
"If now is not the time to have a serious discussion about gun control and the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our society, I don’t know when is," Nadler said.